Friday, 13 February 2015

6 Strangest Hearts in the Animal Kingdom

by Laura Geggel, Staff Writer | February 13, 2015 08:47am ET

Hearts have become iconic symbols of Valentine's Day, but when it comes to hearts in the real world, one size doesn't fit all — particularly in the animal kingdom. The human heart beats about 72 times a minute, but in that same time, a hibernating groundhog's heart beats just five times and a hummingbird's heart reaches 1,260 beats per minute during flight. The human heart weighs about 0.6 pounds (0.3 kilograms), but a giraffe's weighs about 26 pounds (12 kg), since the organ needs to be powerful enough to pump blood up the animal's long neck. Here are some other creatures with strange hearts.

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